Seth MacFarlane Sued for Allegedly Stealing Ted Idea

Finally, justice for everyone who knew that Ted was too good to be true.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a production company in California—Bengal Mangle Productions—filed a lawsuit against Seth MacFarlane on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The company cites a screenplay they created in 2008 called Acting School Academy, which features a womanizing, inappropriate teddy bear named Charlie. The lawsuit claims that MacFarlane's titular Ted is "strikingly similar to plaintiffs' Charlie character." From the Hollywood Reporter:

The suit says the Charlie character, like Ted, lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character," states the lawsuit, which also names Ted producer Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Studios.

The lawsuit states that Acting School Academy eventually became a web series—with a spinoff called "Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear"—that was shown on YouTube, Funny or Die, Vimeo, and elsewhere, gaining over 1.2 million views between July 2009 and June 2012. (You can watch a clip here.) (Though I wouldn't recommend it!)

Neither MacFarlane nor Universal have commented about the lawsuit, which alleges copyright infringement and seeks unspecified damages.

As both Ted and Charlie would say, "curse word!"

[image via Universal]